Game 4: Kings at Rangers … pre-game notes; Live Chat at noon

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We’re gonna do yet another Live Chat today at noon. Be there.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Wednesday, June 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 12-11 (0-3)*
Kings: 15-9 (3-0)*
*Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts trail the best-of-seven series, three games to none, following the Kings’ 3-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night at MSG. New York enters the contest with a 225-244-8 record all-time in 477 playoff contests (126-94-2 at home; 99-150-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS – RANGERS vs. KINGS
The Rangers and Kings are meeting in the playoffs for the third time, and the first time since the Preliminary Round in 1981. The Rangers have posted a 2-0 playoff series record against Los Angeles, and are 5-4 all-time in nine playoff contests against the Kings following Game 3. New York is facing Los Angeles for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final.

STANLEY CUP HISTORY
The Rangers are playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the 11th time in franchise history, and for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. New York has posted a 4-6 series record in the Stanley Cup Final, and is 22-31 all-time in 53 Stanley Cup Final contests following Game 3.

RANGERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
• All-Time: 66-44-16-1 overall (37-19-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
• 2013-14: New York was 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) this season. Both contests were separated by two goals or less, and the Rangers held the Kings to one goal in each of the two games. Brad Richards led all skaters with two goals, while Rick Nash led the team and was tied for first among all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 SV% in the two contests.
• New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season (6-5 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 on the road (8-5 in the playoffs)
• New York lists two former Kings on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09); Daniel Carcillo (2013-14)
• Los Angeles lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marian Gaborik (2009-10 – 2012-13)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
• Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 3-4-1, 2.47 GAA
• Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16—31
• Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-20—29
• Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 6-9—15
• Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 0-3 —3

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-6 (11:58) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are 11th in the NHL overall (12-95, 12.6%), and are 15th at home (3-44, 6.8%) in the playoffs. New York has allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in six of their last 12 games (9-51; 17.6%). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) in the regular season.
• Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 3-4 (6:57) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are third in the NHL overall (65-76, 85.5%), and are tied for seventh at home (30-35,85.7%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 52-57 (91.2%) on the penalty kill over the last 17 games and 44-48 (91.7%) over the last 14 games. The Blueshirts have recorded two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin); 6/4 at LAK (Hagelin). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105,84.8%) in the regular season.
• Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/allow a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:02) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles. The Rangers are -1 in 28 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (33:05), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Blueshirts were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26) in the regular season.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
The Rangers have won 10 of their last 12 games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. The Blueshirts have also won seven straight contests when facing elimination at MSG, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak at home when facing elimination is tied for the NHL record. The only other NHL teams to win seven consecutive home games when facing elimination were Detroit (twice; from 1934-1940 and 1949-1955), and Montreal (1941-1950).

HOME COOKING
The Rangers have won 15 of their last 24 playoff home games, dating to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa. Entering the Stanley Cup Final, the Blueshirts have won at least one home game in 14 straight playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007 against Atlanta.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist has established numerous franchise and league records during the regular season and playoffs this year. Lundqvist became the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. Lundqvist appeared in his 77th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 5 vs. Pittsburgh, passing Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to record his 42nd career playoff win and his ninth career playoff shutout. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff wins list and tied Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff shutouts list. The Rangers goalie appeared in his 90th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. Lundqvist is the 13th goalie in NHL history to appear in 90 playoff games with one team, and is the second Ranger (skater or goalie) to appear in 90 playoff games with the organization (Walt Tkaczuk – 93).

Lundqvist has posted a 10-2 record, along with a 1.32 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 12 games when the Rangers have faced elimination … and a 7-0 record, along with a 0.98 GAA, a .967 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven games when the Rangers have faced elimination at home

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh has tallied a point in seven of the last nine games (three goals, 10 assists), and posted a five-game assist/point streak from May 25 vs. Montreal to June 7 at Los Angeles (one goal, six assists). McDonagh was the first Rangers defensemen to register a five-game assist streak in the playoffs since James Patrick from Apr. 23, 1992 at New Jersey to May 1, 1992 vs. New Jersey. McDonagh was also the first Rangers defenseman to record a five-game point streak in the playoffs since Sergei Zubov from May 14, 1995 at Quebec to May 24, 1995 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP is tied for first among all defensemen in the NHL in assists (12) and ranks second among NHL defensemen in points (16) in the playoffs. McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to record at least four goals in one playoff year since Brian Leetch registered six in the 1995 playoffs. He is also tied for fifth in franchise history in assists in one playoff year, and ranks third in franchise history in points by a defenseman in one playoff year.

FAST START
The Rangers have outscored the Kings, 4-2, in the first period during the Stanley Cup Final, and have outscored their opponents, 16-6, in the first period over the last 12 games. New York has notched at least one goal in the first period in 10 of the last 12 contests, and has recorded two goals in the first period of a game in six contests during the stretch. The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 25-12, in the first period during the playoffs this year, and their plus-13 goal differential is tied for the best any team has in one period in the playoffs.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Blueshirts played four games that were decided in overtime over a six-game stretch from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 23 vs. Montreal to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7 at Los Angeles. Each of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final went to overtime. It was the first time the Rangers have played two games that were decided in overtime in the first two contests of a playoff series since Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Philadelphia on May 21-May 22, 1995. New York has tied a franchise-record with five overtime games in one playoff year (1979, 2012). The Blueshirts played four overtime games in a six-game span for the first time in one playoff year, and for the first time since they played four overtime games in a five-game span from Mar. 22, 1938 vs. the NY Americans to Mar. 23, 1939 at Boston.

TEAM EFFORT
Nine different Rangers have tallied at least 10 points in the playoffs this year. It is the first time in franchise history that nine Blueshirts have recorded at least 10 points in one playoff year.

INJURIES (19 Man-Games Lost – Playoffs):
• Cam Talbot – injured – 3

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• None

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76 Comments

  1. so who is gonna show up tonight? Our veterans need to step up. The kids are trying to carry this team…but have no experience.

    I hope this isn’t the last game.

  2. don’t know if i can face it tonight.
    I might get up early and watch the 3rd period rather than try and watch the whole thing on delay

  3. Good morning all. Know what we get to do tonight? We get to watch Rangers hockey!

    Allow me to sum up the ensuing posts for the day:

    “If they lose it’s Lundqvists fault. Trade Nash buy out Richards.
    Sign Stastny! If you are talking about the off season you’re stupid. We can do this tonight. Let’s go Rangers. THE Krieder..The Kings are lucky but it doesn’t matter they’re the better team! Vibin’! *fresh* good morning Sally! e3 will say something hysterical Mannu won’t alert us to a fresh post and everyone will hate on Lloyd. Funniest comment of the day: Coos. Most cynical comment of the day: Papa. Most realistic: Bulldog. Most respectable and encouraging: Ilb. Oh and Carp will be around doing Carpy things! Carry on my wayward sons!

  4. LGR! Do to the Kings what the Kings did to the Sharks! Shake off that jet lag and find your team form from Games 1-2!

  5. Good chuckle at 6:50 AM, James…but missing Ex3’s repartee and Eric’s lost pessimism…

  6. Oh, and glad to see you back on the blog, Tomb…thought I had chased you away. I did study classical piano for 21 years…that’s why I remembered your comment. LGR!

  7. The Garden Faithful on

    Dear Rangers,

    Our team. Our boys.

    What on earth is up with this mopey, defeated, lousy body language, we’re-not-gonna-win attitude that is splashed all over the entire country today? Yes, we recognize that you are in quite a pickle. Yes, we also realize that many breaks have not gone your way. It is disappointing to get to the Stanley Cup Final and have it play out this way. We understand.

    That said: STOP WHINING ABOUT IT. YOU ARE STILL IN THE STANLEY CUP FINALS, FOUR WINS AWAY FROM THE PRIZE. THE OPPORTUNITY YOU ALL SPOKE OF FOR THE LAST 2 MONTHS, IT IS STILL THERE. You’ve been dreaming about this your entire lives. DON”T GIVE AWAY AN INCH OF IT WITHOUT A FIGHT.

    The Kings have won 3 games. They have not won four. You played admirably in the three losses, and honestly all three could have gone different ways. They did not. But just as easily, the next 3 could go different ways too. We are proud of how you played regardless of the results. But now you are making us much less proud.

    Frankly, we cannot believe what is coming out of the locker room right now. The gloom, the doom, the slumped shoulders and losing body language. The whining. Why are you guys, of all people, at this time, acting like this is already over? Like you know you have no chance? Like you’ve given up?

    WHERE ARE THE 22 GUYS WHO STORMED INTO PITTSBURGH AND MADE RANGER HISTORY BY COMING BACK FROM 3-1 DOWN? And the guys who ran over the Habs those 2 straight at the Bell Center – WHERE ARE THEY?

    There’s an old saying that you go with what got you to the dance. We cannot tell you exactly what it was that got you here – probably a combination of guts, belief, being able to “see it” and an undying belief in one another. But we can tell you that the way you are acting now is most certainly NOT what got you here.

    The opportunity is still right there. Decide you give up, lose tonight, and then it really is gone forever. But it is still there right now, and is an even greater opportunity than it was a week ago. Yeah, its a long shot, but so was the last four weeks of your lives.

    So tonight, get together, lift each other up, come hard for 60 minutes, or longer, whatever it takes. We will be there, screaming our guts out like we always are. We are not giving up, or quitting, because we believe you will win this game. And you will, because you have pride in each other and in the sweater, and you will not allow some other team to skate around our Garden ice with the Stanley Cup. You can do it, and you will.

    Let’s Go Rangers!!

    The Garden Faithful

  8. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Now, that was a great post!!!!!

    Nothing more to say than: Let’s GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

  9. Good morning, boneheads!

    Told my wife last night:”It could be the last game of the season”. Her response:”You’ve said that a few times over the last couple of months. You don’t believe it is, do you?”. That’s just sums it up. I don’t. I don’t think they will come out in our building deflated and mentally defeated. They have enough leadership and young players who matured and gained sufficient experience in their previous playoff runs. And they have Lundqvist. All we would like to see is for them to play their hearts out tonight. Be smart, and be determined. We’ll be here watching and supporting.

  10. OK, let’s get real:

    Who here actually thinks we have any shot to win the series?

    We prob get shut out again tonight.

  11. What a great season… plenty of ups & downs. A couple more ups will make for more fun & a shorter off season.

    Which of the Boneheads is going to replace Slats as GM?

    I think there should be a NYR organization contest for GM for a day from the whacky fan base.

  12. It starts, with one….I still believe….and that is what belief is all about…I am gonna watch a Ranger game on June 11…the 24th game in the post season which is over
    1/4 of a regular season. We always have played our best game after a really disappointing one…and I believe this team has the spirit to rise again. As for Keenan’s comments..I think it is just his style of support…shall we say the stick approach? I am not going to give AV any advice..but this is the time to amend the lineup..3 game losing streak…certainly one maybe two vets look lost out there and that puts even more pressure on the balance of the team. Using the same lineup=Einatein’s definition of insanity..and one of those vets needs to be healthy for his buyout (aka Xmas in June)…ok ok…so it is advice! Stay thirsty my friends…stay thirsty! Things could be worse..you could forget where u parked in the lot and have to pee…right?

  13. Miami – I absolutely believe we still have a chance to win the series. Why wouldn’t I? There hasn’t been one game we couldn’t have won. One win will give us belief. Two wins will give them doubt, and three wins will cause chaos and panic in LA. Likely? No. Possible? Hell Yeah!

  14. Admiral Akbar on

    The Kings may only be better than the Rangers marginally.

    But it is the King’s championship experience that is coming to the fore in this series.

    That championship experience is what has created a commanding 3-0 lead despite not much difference in talent between these two teams.

    Hopefully our boys are learning big time what it takes to get the Finals and what it takes to win in the Finals.

  15. Just a few unrelated thoughts. Nice comments about the NYR organization from Luc Robitille and how he took what he learned and saw in NY to his position with the Kings as Pres of Biz Ops.

    Also saw that all the Kings players except one or two live within walking distance and see each other often off the ice walking dogs, hanging at the beach etc. This must help with the team concept.

    So glad the NYR has a culture of classy hockey instead of some of the other orgs out there. Notice how when we pick up a goon, said goon becomes a different and more useful player? Asham, Prust, Carcillo… All much less goony thuglike when in Ranger uniform. That is class.

  16. Stranger Nation on

    Game 4, down 0-3…does Richards’ role change? Less PP point, move to forward or worse??
    The last time AV moved Richards off pivot was the Vancouver game, one could surmise AV’s biggest game of the regular season up to that point.
    Sutter changes his lines by period, AV…nothing

    Definition of insanity is…

  17. ThisYearsModel on

    Henrik Lundqvist): 3.13 GAA, .892 save pct in this series, worst GAA and save pct for Lundqvist in a series this postseason. This would be a problem.

  18. nhl are morons. o”jalloran reefing tonight.

    mister goalie interference, minor mistake on that call. little effect on things

  19. What the h*ll is with effing Richards??!! Just heard his comments on the FAN and he sounds as if he is about to attend a funeral. This is the “Acting Captain”? This is the guy who spent time with Messier last summer? Maybe it’s time for the young guys to shove him aside and go out and perform. The guy sounds like Eeyore.

  20. “Of course we want to win. But … that’s a really long flight. And then you have to get back. The more we win, the more we fly, and, being honest, what are the odds we win 4 in a row? Right? Sometimes you have to balance what you want with what’s actually best for you. And that’s what we’re trying to do right now.”

  21. Stranger Nation on

    Richards South Hampton estate is waiting. This hockey thing in June is ruining his tanning season

  22. Hey dummies, got some hot rumors straight outta the mill and this time I’m gonna share with you up front: Everyone in the know is abuzz that Richards’ agents have been meeting with the front office since _before Game 3_ trying to get an immediate buyout in place to avoid another flight to the west coast. Apparently there’s a *huge* button-down shirt gala on Thursday that Richards does not want to miss and he’s been informed by Sather he cannot just skip a game and wait in NYC for a potential Game 6. Don’t say I never told ya anything.

  23. Rob in Beantown on

    Whoever is going to the game tonight, please if it comes to it, boo the hell out of Bettman but cheer the Kings a bit so we don’t get an (unfairly) bad rap like Canucks fans did.

  24. Just do not understand why he is the Ranger spokesman. True fans who really support this team and have supported it for decades don’t deserve to hear this dreck. Love to see someone like Zucc, who has played his guts out, go up to him and kick his teeth in. Those comments are worth a scratch tonight.

  25. What is the point of projecting all this bile into a locker room we know NOTHING ABOUT. It’s the worst kind of voyeurism. Blech.

  26. That’s kind of a secret good thing about the MSL trade. He’s like super Richards in terms of all the Richards intangible nonsense (older, better, works harder, same exact Cup team) so it’ll make the amnesty a bit easier.

  27. Norm’s post provokes a thought: What is this is a deliberate ruse on the part of Richards? What if the plan is to convince LA that the Rangers are simply going to mail it in tonight? Could it be that Richie Rich is smarter than all of us????

  28. Rob in Beantown on

    Tin foil hat theory for the day: Rangers will get all the calls tonight. No way the NHL lets the Cup get awarded on Outdoor Life Network

  29. $515 – cheapest ticket tonight on stubhub. Sounds like my cumulative bar tab for this series.

  30. Sioux Captain in 5 on

    Who cares about the series.

    Just win *THIS* game.

    That’s all they should be thinking about.

    1 shift, 1 period, 1 game!

  31. Sioux Captain in 5 on

    Norm – I disagree. MSL is such a class act, and one of the hardest working guys on the ice. He helped take this team to the finals, he was worth the pick.

    He will be the leading scorer for the Rangers next year.

    I’m thinking Nash is going to lead the WBM, if he doesn’t step up and lean on one in a game that *counts* for something.

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    Biggest thing out of AV’s presser was coach’s disappointment nobody asked him to do his prepared imitation of the coach from Netflix ad.

  33. Never say die on

    As a Yankees’ fan, I hate to say this, but, why doesn’t one of our guys channel a bit of Kevin Millar…
    How about, when asked about the Rangers’ standing, one of our guys say:

    “Hey, we have our backs against the wall – no doubt about that…but, the pressure is now all on the Kings. They have to win that fourth one – and that is always the hardest to win. If we can win tonight, we go back to LA and we played pretty good there the first two games and I think we are due to catch a few breaks out there. Then, if we can get it back here, there is no way we are going to lose a game six in our building with our fans going crazy. Then we go back out there for game seven and, well, it’s one game. It’s all up to the Kings now, they have to win tonight. We are just going to go out and play loose hockey and let it all go – leave it all on the ice. But they better win tonight.”

  34. Sioux Captain in 5 on

    Man am I getting a lot of flack at work today.

    If I here the “Na na na na hey hey goodbye…. song one more time, I think I may have to punch someone.”

    So a Sioux Captain gets to put his name on the Stanley Cup, there have been worse loses in life.

    …… then again Hank could steal this game and the next 3 and win the Conn Smythe.

    I’m I the only one in this boat thinking this?????

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “the rangers are intrinsic enough to win game 4. The room has to be positive and believe that by misconstruing as a team, it’s one game at a time”

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “if the rangers can extrapolate all 4 lines to score, there will be a game 5″

  37. Sioux Captain in 5 on

    It’s simple if the Rangers are going to win this series.

    Hank has to serve up more Dooooooonuts.

    Simple.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “any evaporation from the first three games doesn’t distinguish much going into game 5″

  39. Showed up to my desk this morning and our LA office had mailed over tons of Kings Schwag and topped it off with silver and black streamers. Not cool.

    I will say this – I believe we’ll have legit reason to hope we can win this series before it’s over. I’m not saying we’ll win, but I think game 6 will be tight.

    I promised not to doubt our boys after Pittsburgh and this close to the cup and with that experience in hand, I believe we’ll dig even deeper.

    LETS GO RANGERS. BIG BIG GAME TONIGHT. Imagine how you’ll feel if Nash and Co. do what they should, Hank steals the game and we head to LA with steam. LEAVE IT ALL ON THE ICE, every ounce and steal 1-3 from the city of ang…. smog. NOW we’re looking at 3-2, a little winning streak and an invigorated garden.

    Imagine it – and it can be achieved. Zucc should be acting captain – he’s speaking sanity over there.

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Duguay – “Am I the only one that thinks JR is no where near as pretty as me? I am so ready for national media attention. My god, I’m beautiful”

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “game 4 will be decided not by much of anything besides winning”

  42. the flying puck is the ledge? I’ll try to stop in for a beer today and see how many are still on the ledge and who’s already jumped.

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